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Low Levels of Progesterone
If you struggle with low levels of progesterone, you may experience some of the following symptoms:
- Skin issues
- Mood swings
- Heavy periods
- Irregular periods
- Brain Fog
Your body naturally wants to keep your hormones balanced, so how could progesterone levels deplete in the first place?
It’s important to find the cause of your low levels of progesterone. Once you address the root cause, it’s much more simple to find a course of treatment that’s right for you.
Read on to learn about the hormone and how your levels can become depleted.
So What Is Progesterone?
Progesterone is a hormone that’s dominant in the second half of your cycle. This hormone actually comes from the corpus luteum, the ‘shell’ of the egg that was released during ovulation. Progesterone helps ‘ripen’ the endometrial lining of the uterus.
If the egg isn’t fertilized during ovulation the corpus luteum naturally begins to break down. Levels of progesterone drop with it and you transition into your menstrual phase (your period).
Optimal Fertility = Optimal Health
Now that you know a bit about progesterone, you can see how it works to ensure your uterus can support conception and maintain a pregnancy.
At Natural Hormone Healing we believe that optimal fertility is equal to optimal health. All menstruating women should be interested in optimizing progesterone levels, even if you don’t want to get pregnant. In fact, proper levels of progesterone improve bone density and reduce estrogen-related cancers and cysts, so it really is important for overall health.
Causes Of Low Progesterone
So what could be the cause of your low levels of progesterone? In fact, the root of your hormone imbalance can vary:
1.Anovulation- If you have PCOS, hypothalamic amenorrhea this may be obvious. However, ovulation can also be impaired by chronically high stress, low body fat, or a diet low in calories or carbs. As mentioned earlier, if you don’t ovulate your body won’t produce progesterone. This is why ovulation needs to be your #1 priority!
2. Thyroid Issues– low levels of thyroid hormone robs your ovaries of the cellular energy they need to ovulate.
3. Chronic Stress- your survival is a priority over your fertility. Because of this, stressful situations cause cortisol to increase and reduces the quality of your eggs, impacting ovulation.
4. Poor Egg Quality- poor egg quality equals low progesterone. In fact, eggs are selected and mature over a 100-day period before being released at ovulation. Nutrition, inflammation and stress all affect the formation of the eggs.
5. Inflammation- can interfere with the production of hormones and how well they are able to do their job. You can reduce inflammation through dietary changes, which is a primary focus of the Eating For Your Cycle method.
6. Perimenopause– progesterone starts to decline after the age of 35. This can cause heavy periods and brain fog. However, you can use food to increase progesterone and reduce or eliminate these symptoms.
7. Postpartum– the natural drop in estrogen after you give birth can trigger hormone issues for some women. Breastfeeding and the stress of a new baby can suppress ovulation as well.
As you can see, progesterone is an essential hormone for optimal health and it’s directly tied to ovulation. Once you have identified the cause of low progesterone, it’s possible to improve hormone levels and ovulation with nutrition.